Mohamed Salah kept it brief with a four word message to his followers on social media, but it said more than enough about his intentions ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.
Liverpool‘s fantastic season is almost over, and they have the chance to complete a trio of cup competition wins when they meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp’s side, the quadruple is no longer achievable after Manchester City pipped them to the Premier League title.
But their near miss may work in their favour as they have now been given extra motivation to end the season on a high. And Salah posted a message to excite the Liverpool fans, as he said: “We’re not done yet.”
It’s been one of the greatest seasons in Liverpool’s history, and Klopp’s side could complete the treble with a win over Madrid on Saturday. And for Salah, it’s been an exceptional individual display over the past nine months as he scooped up the Premier League golden boot (shared with Son Heung-min) and the playmaker award.
But Salah couldn’t crack a smile as he posed with his individual awards on the final day, and it proves just where his mindset is at. Salah has endured a strange mixture of elation and heartbreak this season, with his fair share of near misses to go along with outright success.
The Egyptian suffered a brutal Africa Cup of Nations final defeat against Senegal with his national side, and he didn’t even get the chance to step up from the spot as the game went to a penalty shootout. And Salah was again feeling the frustration from 12 yards, as Senegal stopped Egypt once again, this time from making the World Cup at the final hurdle.
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Salah did star for Liverpool as they won the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, but he was forced off during the recent FA Cup final, a feeling he knows all too well. Salah was left in tears back in 2018, as a collision with Sergio Ramos ended his Champions League final prematurely, and Liverpool went on to lose 3-1.
He was the hero inside two minutes a year later, as Liverpool beat Tottenham to win the tournament thanks to an early Salah penalty, followed by a late Divock Origi strike. But Liverpool’s near miss in the Premier League, along with his unfortunate record in finals will surely inspire Salah to step up and finally get his big moment on the main stage.
It’s not just business for Salah, the final against Madrid is personal, and Liverpool fans can expect to see a focused, ruthless forward in Paris. Salah has even admitted that he’s been hoping to face Madrid, and has even called their upcoming clash a ‘revenge’ mission.
After Madrid stunned City to reach the final, Salah again took to social media and teased fans as he claimed that he has a ‘score to settle’. And Salah even spoke on BT Sport and admitted that he was hoping to face Madrid over City.
“I want to play Madrid,” the forward told BT Sport. “We lost in the final against them, so I want to play against them and hopefully win it from them as well.”
It would be the perfect way to cap off a crazy season for Liverpool, and they have the added advantage that the European crown has been won by the club in Paris before, and coincidentally it was against Madrid. The 1981 European Cup final ended 1-0 to Liverpool, with a late Alan Kennedy goal seperating the sides.